Our very first stop on our last day of our most recent California trip took us to Folio Winemakers. Now, I was only familiar with Folio through their tweets, but Thea of course had been there many times. I’m trying to come up with a sentence about Thea getting around that doesn’t sound insulting, but I’m failing miserably, lol. Folio Winemakers is the newest (I think) endeavor from Michael Mondavi…yes those Mondavis. Folio houses several wine companies, and a visit allows you to taste through the lot if you’d like. The day we visited, a special event was going on, so many of the winemakers were on hand, making our visit extrodinarily cool. Some day, I’d like to return and park myself in one of the chairs on the back porch with a glass of wine and enjoy the lovey view of the vineyards.
2008 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc: Lime zest, orange, tropical notes, grassy, citrus, pineapple, minerality, peach, lime.
2007 Spellbound Chardonnay: Buttery, apple skins, ripe peach, cream, oak, spice, apple.
2008 IM “Isabel Mondavi” Deep Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon: Watermelon, cranberry, white pepper, pomegrante, orange edges, green peppers, bright aroma, dry, red currant, red cherry.
2007 Hangtime Pinot Noir: Spiced, smoke, cedar, red berries, cranberry, bright, tart red fruit, red berries, red cherries, tart.
2006 IM Willamette Pinot Noir: Smoky, black pepper, red cherries, earth, violets, darker in the mouth, cherries, tart, a little sharp.
2006 Mayro Murdick Pinot Noir: Carneros. Earth, forest, vanilla cream, smoke, cedar, red fruit, red berries, red cherries, red currants, spice, tannins. Really liked this one.
2005 Oberon Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon: Nice red nose, with some vanilla bean, cream, red berries, red fruit, tannins, spice, tea.
2006 Emblem Oso Cabernet Sauvignon: Smoky, black fruit, black plums, herbs, herbal, chocolate, black cherry, smooth, really bright fruit, tannins.
2006 Emblem Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon: Black cherry, black plum, pepper, spice, chewy, licorice, blackberry, black fruit, tannins.
2006 Salvia Tieria Cabernet Sauvignon: Dried black cherry, black fruit, nice structure, pepper, blackberries, dark, nice fruit, acidity, anise, herbs, long finish.
2006 Medusa Creekside Old Vine Napa Zinfandel: Boysenberry, spicy, pomegrante, smooth, redder fruit, nice structure, red fruit.
2006 Medusa Hoodoo Creek Zinfandel: Pepper, cedar, cranberry, black cherry, spicy, black plum, really peppery.
2005 Hangtime Mounts Vineyard Syrah: Black cherry, black fruit, black plum, some vanilla, nice fruit, a bit tannic, really well done. We took one home.
2008 Obernon Moscato: Pineapple, honey, apricot, honeysuckle, very nice, orange, blossoms, ripe peach fruit.
Somehow, I can’t find the photos of anything but the vines that I took!